Today, we’re pleased to feature a guest post from Mick Flaherty, ICT Coordinator at Stockport Grammar School, Cheshire.
Just the very use of ‘buzz’ words in education is enough to make me want to cover my ears. There are many bandwagons to jump on but what it seems to come down to is simply trying to get the best out of every pupil, regardless of their unique qualities. Making sure that every opportunity is given to the individuals in your classroom is something the majority of teachers work hard at on a daily basis.
So I am not going to lead the crusade to change your teaching with the new revolutionary method called ‘flipping the classroom’. However, I will try to explain some of the ways a VLE can be used to facilitate such diversions from the norm, should you feel the urge to try something different.
Allowing pupils to get familiar with a topic prior to the lesson is not a new concept. But the ways in which a VLE can make the experience engaging for pupils and manageable for teachers is something to be explored.
Providing a research question as a homework task can result in almost hysterical use of the copy and paste function. Large amounts of Internet-based text is forced into a word processed document, or worse still, the dreaded PowerPoint presentation. A better way of asking the question is to restrict the pupils to a set of resources that you have provided. This way you will know what information is available to pupils and therefore what conclusions they may draw from it. Ensure your pupils are instructed to only use the resources given.
Once the pupils have had a chance to digest the sources of information on offer, the VLE can be used to gather and share their thoughts, conclusions, opinions and understanding.
Providing pupils with a variety of ways to consume information about your subject and using the VLE to gather their thought and assess their understanding are just a couple of the many tools that a teacher has to hand. It won’t work for every subject or every topic, but as part of the mix of teaching and learning styles that can be employed in the classroom, it will add a little variety. So whether you are striving to use the latest technique or working to provide a balanced educational experience that caters for a variety of individual learners, ‘Flipping Education’ with Moodle has its benefits. Be brave, give it a go.
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